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Submission + - Novell wins final judgment in SCO battle (

CWmike writes: It's not the first time onlookers have declared that the long-running legal dispute between Novell and SCO is over, but many are saying that a Thursday judgment favoring Novell on all counts is the end of the road. 'The door has slammed shut on the SCO litigation machine,' wrote Pamela Jones, a paralegal who has closely followed the SCO v. Novell case since its beginning on her Groklaw blog. A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah on Thursday granted Novell's request for declaratory judgment and ruled against SCO's claims of slander and breach of implied covenant of good faith. He also said that SCO is obligated to recognize Novell's waiver of SCO's claims against IBM and other companies that use Linux. He ordered the case closed.

Submission + - How are you doing your LaTeX? 3

An anonymous reader writes: I tried convincing my professor to add LyX to the default installation on the lab machines to no avail. My arguments of quicker work, easier bidirectional languages switching and formula preview and easier orientation for new users didn't help convince him that it's better than a simple text editor. What would be good way to do it? And what are you guys using?

Submission + - Wikileaks Releases Murder Video (

linguizic writes: Today Wikileaks released the video of US military firing large caliber weapons into a crowd that included two children as well as a photojournalist and a driver for Reuters. Wikileaks maintains that this video was covered up by the US Military when Reuters asked for an official investigation. This is the same video that supposedly has made the editors of Wikileaks a target of the State Department and/or the CIA as was discussed on Slashdot here:
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Submission + - The PirateBay Sold For 60 Million Swedish Kronor (

Xemu writes: "In the wake after the recent judgement against the piratebay owner's, a small but listed software company, Global Gaming Factory X, today announced that it acquires The Pirate Bay website, one of the 100 most visited websites in the world. GGF says it intends to continue to operate the site but compensate copyright owners."

Bill Gates Founds New "Think Tank" Company 134

Homncruse sends in news of Bill Gates's new adventure, adding "I was working just one or two floors under this new office when it was all coming together. I even unknowingly shared an elevator with him at one time on his way up to the office." The article notes that the name "bgC3" derives from Bill Gates, catalyst, and the "third thing," neither Microsoft or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "Just months after his Microsoft farewell, Bill Gates is quietly creating a new company — complete with high-tech office space, a cryptic name and even its own trademark. Public documents describe the new Gates entity — bgC3 LLC — as a 'think tank.' It's housed within a Kirkland office that the Microsoft co-founder established on his own after leaving his day-to-day executive role at the company this summer ... However, bgC3 will also oversee Gates' personal pursuit of breakthrough ideas in science and technology. [An] insider said the goal isn't necessarily to create new companies, although ideas could be passed along to Microsoft, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — or others — as it makes sense ..."
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Submission + - ACLU creates map of US constitution-free zone (

trackpick writes: From the ACLU site: 'Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the ACLU has determined that nearly 2/3 of the entire US population (197.4 million people) live within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders. The government is assuming extraordinary powers to stop and search individuals within this zone. This is not just about the border: This "Constitution-Free Zone" includes most of the nation's largest metropolitan areas.'

Submission + - Google forbids turn-by-turn nav apps on Andriod

l3iggs writes: Google's Andriod SDK License Agreement ( links to their Google Maps API Terms of Service ( which has the following words in it:

"...You may not use the Service with...real time route guidance (including without limitation, turn-by-turn route guidance and other routing that is enabled through the use of a sensor)..."

This seems to fly in the face of everything that Andriod stands for and everything that makes it worth while. How can they tout this as an open platform if they prohibit development of (in my opinion) the most useful applications?
By the way, I believe Apple has a similar clause in their iPhone SDK paperwork.

I'm sure the underlying reason for this restriction is patent related. How annoying.

Feed Schneier: New Technology to Detect Chemical, Biological, and Explosive Agents (

Interesting: "We have found we can potentially detect an incredibly small quantity of material, as small as one dust-speck-sized particle weighing one trillionth of a gram, on an individual's clothing or baggage," Farquar said. "This is important because if a person handles explosives they are likely to have some remaining residue." Using a system they call Single-Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometry,...

Submission + - 2007 Linux Graphics Survey Results (

Michael writes: "At Phoronix we have finished our 2007 Linux Graphics Survey and the results are now available with over 20,000 submissions. This survey sought to find out the most popular graphics hardware in use, which closed and open-source drivers are being used, and how many are using accelerated desktop effects. The survey found that nearly half of those polled were using NVIDIA hardware, about 60% of Linux desktop users are using Compiz Fusion, Compiz, or Beryl, and that most still end up modifying their xorg.conf manually..."

Submission + - The top 10 IT disasters of all time (

ZDOne writes: "Following the massive Government data loss scandal in the UK this week, ZDNet has compiled a list of the top ten IT disasters of all time. While technology wasn't to blame per se in the Revenue and Customs case, there are plenty of recorded examples where faulty hardware and software have cost the organisations concerned dearly, both financially and in terms of reputation — and resulted in some near misses for the public. The author admits the list is "subjective" and invites readers to submit their own suggestions but has put an incident involving a software error in a Soviet Early Warning system, which almost led to WWII, in the number one spot. See if you agree."

Submission + - OLPC Give one Get one extended to December 31

An anonymous reader writes: In a press release, the one laptop per child non-profit organization, headed by MIT luminary Nicholas Negroponte announced that it will extend their Give One Get One program until December 31. They are reporting $2M daily sales for this program which allows residents of North America and schools to give an XO laptop to a child in the developing world and get one for himself along with a year of free T-Mobile hotspot access for $399 plus shipping. According to the press release, North American schools are also able to buy laptops in lots of 100 or more with a discounted pricing structure in the "give many" program . This means that they have raised roughly $20 million dollars so far which works out to about 50,000 laptops sold. This also means that since the OLPC has mesh networking, if current trends continue to December 31, there will definitely be pockets of mesh network coverage throughout the U.S.

Submission + - Guitar Hero's Publishers Got Sued By A Rock Band (

XueCast writes: "The Romantics, a classic rock band from the United States has just filed a lawsuit against the popular Guitar Hero's developer and publishers, which are : Harmonix Music Systems, Activision and RedOctane. In Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s game title, Harmonix used sound-alike musicians in recording a song from the Romantics rock band in order to reduce cost, but according to the members of the rock band, the sound-alike musicians sound too much like them."

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